Acne is far from an uncommon ailment. Many of us struggle with this harmless, yet aggravating condition. Hopefully, this article will help you sort out the fact from the fiction.
Fact #1: Acne is caused by oil secreted by the skin
Yes, it is true that one of the major components of acne is oil secreted by sebaceous glands, which are found in the skin of all mammals.
Fact #2: Acne is caused by blocked pores
Yes, dead skin cells and excessive oil secretions combine to block the pores in the skin. These blocked pores then begin to grow the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes. The body may then have an allergic reaction to these bacteria. These factors combine to cause an inflammatory response by your body, which is what we call acne.
Fiction #3: Acne is caused by improper hygiene
While it is true that acne is caused by blocked pores, better hygiene cannot prevent acne. All of the scrubbings in the world cannot unblock or prevent the blocking of pores, because the blockage is well below the surface of the skin.
Fiction #4: Acne is caused by diet
While acne is caused by excessive oil secretions, changing your diet to exclude oilier foods is not likely to help. These oil secretions are not diet-related but hormonally controlled.
Fact #5: Acne is related to hormones
Acne is often triggered by hormonal changes, such as puberty.
Fact #6: Acne may be caused by medications
Yes, there is evidence to show that Acne can be caused or triggered by certain medicines or chemicals, including Anabolic steroids, any medication that contains halogens, and exposure to high amounts of chlorine compounds.